Former Vice President Joe Biden has an ambitious plan for curbing gun violence, centering on fighting domestic abuse and focusing on daily gun violence in urban areas, reports Politico.
The proposal includes tackling loopholes that favor gun owners and barring the sale of assault weapons. Framing gun violence as a public health crisis, he proposed special programs to tackle urban gun violence and to study the ties between violence against women and guns.
His campaign touted Biden’s record on fighting the National Rifle Association while he was a senator, and cited executive action during the Obama administration after the Sandy Hook school shooting. “It’s within our grasp to end our gun violence epidemic and respect the Second Amendment, which is limited,” a campaign statement said.
Biden would launch a task force to study the connection between mass shootings, violence against women, extremism and online harassment. He also wants to invest heavily in urban intervention programs to combat daily gun violence. The programs would target 40 cities with high homicide rates.
The proposal would connect trauma victims and those at risk of engaging in gun violence with necessary social and economic resources. Within his first 100 days in office, Biden would review federal programs that deal with trauma and invest in ensuring that care is well informed, including establishing a network of trauma-care centers.
Besides banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, Biden would start a federal buyback program for those who don’t register their weapons. Online sales of guns would be banned. The initiative to combat urban violence will cost $900 million over eight years.
The campaign predicts the program will save more than 12,000 lives. A senior campaign official said funding would come from making sure the “super wealthy and corporations pay their fair share.”
The link between guns and domestic violence has been studied by several researchers. In a paper released in May, Natalie Nanasi, an assistant professor at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University (SMU), claimed that a woman is fatally shot by her intimate partner every 16 hours in the United States.